Following the long battle for the take over of their responsibilities from the Destination Inspection Companies and the political arousal of sure failure when they take over, the Ghana Customs has proved them wrong by successfully taking over it's operations and till date, has maintained an upward integrity so far. The successful implementation of the Pre-Arrival Assessment Reporting System (PAARS) which is used to generate the Customs Classification and Valuation Report (CCVR) has come with it's own praises, where the various stakeholders and agents are glad they can now get their documents processed in less than 48 hours and this has helped them fish out the bad eggs in their caucus as the system which is robust and fast has put an end to corruption when clearing of goods comes in place. The successful implementation has also seen an increase in the revenue generated by Ghana Revenue Authority- Ghana Customs Division. PAARS which allows traders to submit their customs information electronically in advance of the arrival of their goods has been praised by agents so far as one of best innovations we have introduced in ages. With the success on PAARS a follow-up for how effective this take over can be across all trade agencies is now the tune of stakeholders who believes automation has become the final say in the country.
The Ghana Revenue Authority- Customs Division has announced through its communications department of a new added module on the Pre-Arrival Assessment Reporting System- PAARS. This module which has just been introduced will increase transparency, save time and cost for stakeholders in the import and export business. The Used Vehicle Valuation Module will be used by various stakeholders to obtain their CCVR Used Vehicle for their used vehicle importation into Ghana. Trade Facilitation for Ghana remains the heartbeat of it's development, it is key to allow for the free flow of trade and Overall, the results suggest that mostly Ghana economy will have great benefits from the successful implementation of trade facilitation thus the need to take concrete steps towards streamlining trade procedures.
A closer look at how efficient they have been hearing the feedbacks from stakeholders is so overwhelming, they have various toll free numbers, support email address and the social media pages (Ghana Trade Hub). This is highly commendable as at any time, Ghana Customs can be reached. Efficient movement of goods is key to maintaining trade competitiveness, and enabling effective engagement of firms, in particular small and medium enterprises, with regional and global production networks. Also, Implementation of paperless trade measures will be crucial to reducing trade costs and the continuous adoption of modern information and communication technologies, will bring about a desirable end to hindrances of trade facilitation.
Meanwhile, a top source close to custom officials explained that the sharp upgrade had made the system of clearance and imports less cumbersome and ridding bureaucracies at the ports since clients could just log on online and present their documents into the system.The source further urged clients and agents to make good use of the technology inputs currently in operation since it would make their work and that of authorities far more easier. "Gone are the days when people could spend a number of months clearing their goods from the ports. Clients are now clearing goods in just a number of days and for us at Customs is a huge gap bridged and success chalked," the source told Modern Ghana. He assured that the GRA-Custom Division would continue to streamline activities at the ports to create room for the right environment for business.
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